It’s honestly been years since I went to a “scary” haunted house for Halloween. I think the last time must have been in my teens. Back then, I didn’t even consider myself to be a Christian. But here I am now as a Christian adult with kids and I’m wondering if haunted houses are just too scary for Christians.
The Haunted House Effect
I don’t really mean to suggest that Christians are somehow less able to handle the scary sounds, the bucket of spaghetti “brains”, and other traditional haunted house parlor tricks. I’m really just wondering if we can handle the concept of a haunted house and whether it’s something we’re ok with our kids experiencing.
Certainly, in extreme cases, there have been kids who have been assaulted, molested, or almost-literally frightened to death inside them. I think this is the rare exception. Kids who are too young have also come out extremely scared and wishing they never went inside. This is largely a problem of parents giving into their younger children even though they know it’s not a good idea for their age.
This teenager is a Christian. Should they go to a haunted house this Halloween?
I thought for a while about this. Although I can’t think of any explicit, beneficial reasons TO go to one, I’d say Christians are OK to go to a haunted house. But I do have 3 reasons why I think it’s NOT the best choice.
3 Reasons Why Haunted Houses are NOT OK for Christians
- I can think of about 500 better ways for my children to spend their time
- I wouldn’t exactly call going to a haunted house “edifying”
- The risk of lingering fear or trauma is just not worth the short-term, fear-induced adrenaline rush
How Will You Respond?
So, this Halloween, if your teenager asks if they can go to a haunted house, how do you plan to respond? I’d love to hear your thoughts for or against. Or maybe you have a story of a good or bad haunted house experience. Please share it using the comments below.